How My Internship at The Borgen Project Motivates Me to Help People Across the World

I am interning as a journalist this summer at The Borgen Project, a national campaign fighting poverty on the political level. Since interning at the nonprofit, I have realized how we can advocate worldwide change.

The Borgen Project believes that our nation should be doing more to address global poverty. By contacting our nation’s leaders and urging them to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy, we not only help to secure our interests in the U.S., i.e. improve national security, expand our markets and create more U.S. jobs, we also help people across the world though thousands of miles separate us. I have realized how the efforts of one person can multiply and create global change by contacting congressional leaders about poverty reduction legislation and mobilizing others to do so as well. Congressional leaders care about the views their district has about bills, and the more support a bill receives, it has a greater chance to reach The United Sates House of Representatives and eventually the Senate.

As a journalist for The Borgen Project, I cover how the world tackles poverty and improves lives for those in the most impoverished areas. I also write about the good news, the triumphs for poverty reduction efforts, and the improvements in education happening globally. I have learned more about the nations in our world than I could have ever imagined, and it has motivated me to make a positive difference for people across the world as a journalist at home.

Founder of The Borgen Project, Clint Borgen, was a volunteer firefighter during the Kosovo War. Based at a refugee camp, Borgen saw that the U.S. needed to do more to address global poverty. After graduating college and working at the U.N. in 2003, Borgen created The Borgen Project as an organization to help fight global poverty on the political level. As an intern, I see the progress that not only the organization has made but our nation as it addresses poverty and fights for our nation and the world’s people.

In 2016, The Borgen Project helped pass The Electrify Africa Act, Global Food Security Act, and the Foreign Aid Transparency & Accountability Act by advocating the voices of the American people and holding meetings at congressional offices. I am honored to be a part of an organization passionate to help our world’s people, and I urge you to join me and advocate worldwide change.